Mental health is not mere absence of mental illness. Good mental health is the ability to respond to the many varied experiences of life with flexibility and a sense of purpose.
Mental health has been defined as “a state of balance between the individual and the surrounding world, a state of harmony between individual and the surrounding world, a state of harmony between oneself and others, coexistence between the realities of the self and that of other people and that of the environment.
Social well—being implies harmony and integration within the individual; between each individual and other members of society and between individuals and the world in which they live. It has been defined as the “quantity and quality of an individual’s interpersonal ties and the extent of involvement with the community”.
The social dimension of health includes the levels of social skills one possesses, social functioning and the ability to see oneself as a member of a larger society.